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Building Bridges: Workers Arrested and Suspended in Tropicana Pension Fight; The Heist

Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
National Edition
Produced by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
Workers At Atlantic Cityâs Tropicana Tells Casino
You Canât Gamble With Our Pensions!
Shari Shugar, Cocktail Waitress at the Tropicana,
Member UNITE HERE Local 54
Ben Begleiter, Research Analyst, UNITE HERE Local 54

The Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City indefinitely suspended
21 workers who protested by blocking traffic near the casino's entrance
resulting in the arrest of 49 protesters. Local 54 of UNITE HERE was
protesting the failure to negotiate a new contract and the casino's termination
of its employee pension plan. The union says its members were exercising
their free speech rights on their off hours, and should not have been
suspended. Francine Stevenson marked her 17th anniversary with the
Tropicana by getting a suspension notice. "I feel very angry and upset about
what has happened. My father is 81 years old, and he had to go back to work
driving a truck because he has no pension. It is just not right what companies
are doing to their workers.â Stevenson vowed to continue the fight for the
workers pension. Bob McDevitt, President of Local 54, said the Tropicana
broke the law first by refusing to bargain in good faith, and terminating its
pension plan.
The Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?
excerpts from this new feature documentary talking about the
implementation of the now generations old plan which was
started in the 1970âs by the US ruling class transferring wealth
from the working class and the poor to themselves. The excerpts
deal with attacks on workersâ pension plans, social security and

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